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What is animal science?

Animal science is the study of domestic animals including livestock species (beef, dairy cattle, goats, horses, poultry, sheep and swine) and companion animals.

Why animal science at OSU?

OSU animal science students study concepts from production through processing and learn about the value associated with livestock. Whether your interest is going to veterinary school to maintain the health of animals, running a ranch, working for an animal health company, working in communications or anything in between, we offer an option that will fit your interests.

Career paths

Animal scientists apply the principles of biological and social sciences to animal nutrition, genetics, reproduction, behavior and health. Livestock production systems, animal management and husbandry, animal products, and much more are part of the study of animal science.


annually awarded by the OSU Department of Animal and Food Sciences

Student success

Wyatt Catron, OSU Student

“The study of animal science is a really broad subject. We cover everything from reproduction, nutrition, genetics and animal husbandry, all the way to business and practical applications.”

- Wyatt Catron
Stilwell, Oklahoma


Animal science students are able to receive valuable hands-on experience at the department’s 15 farms and research facilities encompassing 13,000 acres.

Fast fact

The department sponsors five judging teams: dairy cattle, horse, livestock, meat and meat animal evaluation. The teams have a combined total of more than 40 national championships – more than any other university in the country.

 OSU Animal Science Labs

Undergraduate research opportunities

The Department of Animal and Food Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholars Program provides students with valuable hands-on experience working on cutting-edge research projects side-by-side with faculty, graduate students, research technicians and research unit managers. The program builds a solid foundation in research methods to better prepare students for industry and academic careers in animal or food sciences.

Explore related programs

Agriculture & Animal Science majors 

Pre-Law, Pre-Med, Pre-Vet majors

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